Juan D. Martinez Pineda


Juan D. Martinez-Pineda was introduced to Mountainfilm in 2014 when Love in The Tetons, a short documentary about he and his wife, was an official selection for the festival. Juan is a co-founder of Fresh Tracks and senior program manager at The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. Fresh Tracks is a cross-cultural revolution, rooted in the healing power of culture and the outdoors. Prior to Fresh Tracks, he served as vice president at the Children & Nature Network and co-founded the Natural Leaders Network. Juan was named to The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World the World Needs to Know About in 2021 for his work to engage the rising generation of youth to the healing power of the outdoors and was named a National Geographic Explorer in 2011. He serves on The Wilderness Society’s governing council, The Andrus Family Fund's Advisory Council, is a TED Speaker, Senior Advisor to the Children & Nature Network, and children’s book author. He is dedicated to bringing the power of equity and justice to life through youth and community-driven solutions.  His work has helped to grow the silo-breaking strategy for systems change and youth power building while also lifting up successful stories of civic engagement and community organizing. Juan is a proud product of South-Central Los Angeles and descendant of the Zapotec ( Be'ena'Za "The Cloud People") Indigenous peoples of Oaxaca, MX he now resides in Hill Country, Texas with his wife, Vanessa.